Pearl Edition is the result of a collaboration between master distiller Brian Nation and retired master distiller Barry Crockett, who together share more than 60 years of distilling experience at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork.
The pair selected a 1984 Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey and a 1981 grain whiskey for the blend. Both were matured in American oak barrels, which after 30 years are said to have imparted vanilla and honey flavours.
The expression numbers 117 bottles spread around Ireland, the UK, France, Germany and China.
Priced at €6,000 or equivalent, Pearl Edition is available from next month.
Nation said: “Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition has been 30 years in the making; 30 years of craft, 30 years of tradition and 30 years of patience. The liquid, its bottle and the presentation box are examples of the finest Irish craftsmanship, and offer whiskey aficionados the ultimate Irish whiskey experience by perfectly capturing our Irish heritage as we look to the future. Pearl Edition sets a new benchmark for Midleton Very Rare and the distillery’s Prestige Collection, as we continue to craft innovative whiskeys to further enhance the Irish whiskey renaissance.”
Barry Crockett, master distiller emeritus, added: “Few things are worth coming out of retirement for, but the opportunity to be a part of the creation of Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition is certainly one of them. The whiskey is Midleton’s most prized possession and represents the greatest milestone since I crafted the first ever edition of Midleton Very Rare back in 1984. It is an honour to be a part of this release and Ireland’s rich distilling heritage, and I hope discerning drinkers and whiskey enthusiasts cherish every drop.”